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Western University
English 3227E
Bob Larose

This soliloquy that I will perform is said by Hamlet. At this moment in the play Claudius is praying for forgiveness and Hamlet draws out his sword for revenge. The soliloquy that I will perform is about Hamlet and his contemplation about killing Claudius. a) I believe this soliloquy was to be performed with confusion and anger. Hamlet is contemplating on killing Claudius and it is evident that the soliloquy needed feelings of perplexity and resentment in order to create the appropriate mood. b) This soliloquy is significant within the play because this is when Hamlet was considering killing Claudius. Hamlets powerful decision not to kill Claudius illuminates Hamlet’s character. With the bold decision it helped the readers in understanding Hamlet, and his views on the death of his father. Hamlet doesn't kill Claudius at that moment because Claudius is praying. Hamlet says that killing Claudius now would, "send [this same villain] to heaven” instead of Hell where he belongs. Hamlet vows to kill Claudius as Claudius had killed his father, and not send him to heaven. The fact that Claudius is praying essentially establishes setting as we the readers, are able to envision how Hamlet reacts to Claudius’s actions. This soliloquy is also significant in establishing mood. Based on the context and general frustration Hamlet faces within this scene it essentially puts the play but more so Hamlet’s character into a distressing mood. The use of rhetorical devices, within this soliloquy helps emphasize Hamlet’s true restlessness towards the death of his father. “With all his crimes broad blown, as flush as May.” This simile describes how King Hamlet unfortunately had to die with his sins in full bloom before he was able to repent for them. This relates back to Hamlet’s conscious decision not to kill Claudius. He doesn’t want Claudius to go to heaven when he is killed and therefore he decides to wait to kill Claudius. Hamlet wants to kill Claudius when he is “drunk, asleep, or in his rage, or in the incestuous pleasure of his bed, at game-a swearing, or about some act, that has no relish of salvation in’t.” (88-92)
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